831 species

Alveopora excelsa

Verrill, 1864


de Blainville, 1830

Characters: Colonies are submassive and usually lobed. They may be over 2 metres across. Corallites have irregular spiny walls. Polyps are often retracted during the day, but are elongate when extended giving colonies a mop-like appearance.

Colour: Grey or pinkish brown when polyps are retracted, brown when polyps are extended.

Similar Species: Alveopora verrilliana, which can readily be distinguished by the palisade of spines around the corallites.

Habitat: Exposed reef slopes.

Abundance: Uncommon.

COTW History since Veron (2000a)
  • Family: All families are currently under review
  • Genus/species: No change